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Sweet Yam Soup

This is a very popular dessert in Hong Kong. We usually have it in the fall or winter. We also like to have it when we have a cold too.

Traditional recipes do not use any cinnamon. We've found that adding some cinnamon flavor by using a cinnamon stick really makes the soup more aromatic and delicious.

This hot dessert soup always gives us a nice and comforting feeling.

Ingredients:
  • 1 large-size yam, cut into small cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 4 small ginger slices
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-1/2 cups water
Servings:
  • 2 to 3
Directions:
  1. Put sauce pan on stove.
  2. Fill sauce pan with water.
  3. Turn heat to high.
  4. When water is boiling, add ginger, brown sugar, yam and cinnamon stick.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Turn heat to medium high.
  7. Let it simmer until yam is fork-tender (about 20 minutes).
  8. Turn off heat and serve.
Notes:
  • Don't overcook the yam. Otherwise, it will become too mushy.
  • Add a few more ginger slices, if you like that extra warming feeling in your tummy.
  • Don't use cinnamon powder instead of cinnamon stick. Cinnamon powder does not dissolve in water and can make the soup quite "muddy".
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